There was a moment on campus this week where I realized I lost my glasses. I’m not sure if you rely on glasses or contacts to see or read but I know that I have a hard time reading much of anything without them. After initial frustration with myself that I’d put them down somewhere (I’m still not sure where) and walked away from them I had to confront going forward without them. Fortunately I have another pair so I’m not completely helpless but it reminds me of what I’m likely to often forget, I have a hard time seeing clearly. What I mean is that when I’m trying to fend for myself, rely solely on myself, and do everything for myself then I have trouble seeing what I need to see because what I see is only the parts I can see and make out. We all need others in our lives who can help reframe us and our lives, to show us what we can’t see clearly, and help us navigate a messy and confusing world. The story of Joseph and his brothers is a good example from the book of Genesis; Joseph needs his life to be reconnected to his father and his brothers but it takes some forgiveness and reconciliation on Joseph’s part. Joseph’s brothers need help to put their lives back together but it means some humility and an ability to speak openly about the reality of loss and suffering. What helps Joseph and his brothers, and you and I, see clearly is an understanding of our lives guided by God which is why we ask for God’s help. It’s frustrating to want to see and admit you can’t do it on your own; and it takes courage and trust to rely on someone else to help you see what you can’t see as well as listen to what they have to say. But in the moments of our lives when things seem out of focus it’s important to remember that we don’t need to panic, do not be distressed as Joseph tells his brothers; when our lives are grounded in and with others, and in and with the God who goes before us to preserve, then we’ll be able to make our way a whole lot clearer. May this week be a time for you to invite someone who love and trust to help you see, and for you to see Jesus who walks with you as a part of your circle.
Tuesday at 6pm is Pasta Night, and on the menu will be Ziti with Cherry Peppers, Pepperoni and Tomato Sauce. It’s always a fun and delicious time so I hope you’re able to join us.
On Campus This Week
Let us know what you’re having trouble seeing clearly, or share with us what’s come into focus for you that you’re excited about.
Tuesday will be our regular day on campus at BSC. I’ll be hanging around the front of the Caf around 9 am and come tell me what this week looks like for you. Then come hear what Jesus invites you to see at our short Eucharist in Yeilding Chapel at 11:45.
Wednesday will be our regular day on campus at Samford. I’ll be hanging around the O Henry’s in the University Center around 9am so come tell me what this week looks like for you. Then come hear what Jesus invites you to see at our short Eucharist in Reid Chapel at Noon.
Thursday will be our regular day on campus at UAB. I’ll be hanging around the dining area of the Hill Center (at a table near the Univ. Blvd exit) from 10am until 3pm. I invite you to come tell me what this week looks like for you.